Soups & Sides

Italian Green Beans & Tomatoes

Nonna Joann • December 20th, 2009 • Soups & Sides

Italian Green Beans & Tomatoes
1½ pounds green beans (if fresh trimmed / may also use frozen)
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 large shallots, thinly sliced or ½ chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (14½ -ounce) can diced tomatoes
1/4 cup white wine or apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Grated Parmesan cheese


Cook [...]

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Nonna Joann • December 3rd, 2009 • Soups & Sides

Broccoli (or Cauliflower) Cheese Soup
8 ounces or about 3 cups stemmed broccoli or cauliflower pieces
1 cup milk
½ cup grated cheddar cheese
¼ cup chopped onion
1 chopped clove of garlic
1 cup chicken or vegetable broth (add more broth for thinner soup)
Dash salt and pepper
1) Place all ingredients in a blender.
2) Process until the consistency is smooth.
3) Pour into a [...]

Cranberry Sauce

Nonna Joann • November 19th, 2009 • Soups & Sides

I’ve tried several no-sugar cranberries with no luck. I recently saw this recipe. Of course it’s sweetened. It has natural sugars, which are absorbed more slowly than white sugar.
4 cups about 12 ounces fresh cranberries, rinsed
1/2 cup apricot jam (made with only fruit)
1/2 cup honey or agave nectar (or 1 teaspoon of stevia; then add 1/2 [...]

Chipolte Mashed Yams

Nonna Joann • November 19th, 2009 • Soups & Sides

Chipolte Mashed Yams
This is SOOO easy and tasty! No need for added sugars, the yams are sweet enough all by themselves. The chipolte sauce gives this dish a little zip and makes it extra special.
1 tablespoon butter for every yam (plus)
1 teaspoon chipolte sauce for every yam
1) Peel the yams.
2) Cook the yams in a pot of [...]

Sweet & Sour Beef Cabbage Soup

Nonna Joann • October 22nd, 2009 • Soups & Sides

Sweet & Sour Beef Cabbage Soup
This is quick and a hearty soup/stew. It’s perfect for autumn afternoons. Top it off with some crusty whole grain bread and you have a complete meal.

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound lean (90 percent or leaner) ground beef
1½ teaspoons caraway seeds
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 chopped bell pepper
1 chopped medium onion
1 medium Golden Delicious or [...]

Cabbage & Apples

Nonna Joann • July 13th, 2009 • Soups & Sides

Kids don’t like cabbage? Even picky eaters love this tasty side dish. It’s so easy to make, you’ll want to involve your kids in the preparation. This deceptively bland looking dish’s apple sweetness will win over your picky eater. Serve it in a colorful dish and garnish with apple slices. Because this recipe serves 6 to 8 [...]

Scalloped Corn for a Crowd

Nonna Joann • April 8th, 2009 • Soups & Sides

Scalloped Corn for a Crowd

1 red or green bell pepper
1 medium chopped onion
2 shredded carrots
¼ cup olive oil
6 cups corn (I use frozen organic corn)
1½ cups milk
1½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
3 tablespoons flour (or corn starch or arrowroot powder)
2 slightly beaten eggs
½ teaspoon salt
1. Grease a baking dish and set aside.
2. In a medium pan [...]


Nonna Joann • January 30th, 2009 • Soups & Sides

Watching the big game?
Humus is a great dip for rice crackers and veggie strips.
It’s not expensive to make and when you make it yourself, you can control how spicy it is. 
2  15 ounce cans of garbonzo beans (chick peas)
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
3 cloves of garlic
1/2 chopped red pepper
1 Teaspoon cumin
1 Teaspoon tahini
Salt [...]

Lentil Soup

Nonna Joann • September 1st, 2008 • Soups & Sides

 Lentil Soup
1 small chopped onion
1 small chopped pepper (yellow, green, or red)
2 stalks celery, chopped
4 cloves chopped garlic
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (if chicken broth is substituted, more may be required)
1 cup lentils
½ teaspoon pepper
2  15-oz cans chicken or vegetable broth
2 medium chopped tomatoes
¼ cup chopped parsley
Small shell macaroni
1. In a large pan, sauté [...]

Sweet Potato Soup

Nonna Joann • September 1st, 2008 • Soups & Sides

Sweet Potatoes are rich in complex carbohydrates, fiber, beta carotene (vitamin A) protecting against cancer and heart disease, vitamins C and B6. Compared to other vegetables, sweet potatoes rank highest in nutritional value of vitamins A and C, iron, and calcium. They a wonderful source of soluble fiber which soaks up cholesterol. The darker orange flesh have [...]